Art And Soul - The Culinary Arts: Getting The Scoop On Area Ice Cream Options

Aug 3, 2017

Go ice cream creator and owner Rob Hess
Credit Lisa Barry
A "cone close up" on his hand-made cone in which he shares the secret ingredient.
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This week’s Art and Soul is about the culinary arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local food expert and blogger Jessica Webster as they speak to the founder and owner of Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti, now celebrating its first anniversary at their downtown location.


Rob Hess of Go! Ice Cream strikes a pose atop his bike.
Credit Rob Hess

Rob Hess started peddling around Ypsilanti several years ago on a tricycle selling ice cream from his bike. One year ago, he opened an ice cream shop at 10 N. Washington Street in Ypsilanti.

A banana split from Go! Ice Cream.
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Go! Ice Cream is a small Michigan-based company that crafts artisan ice creams in small batches using local ingredients.  Hess did a lot of research to come up with the unique flavors he serves, as well as the handmade waffle cones he serves the ice cream in.  He has planned a special celebration for the one-year anniversary of Go! Ice Cream for Friday, August 4th.  Find out more about that here.

Hess buying ingredients from Zilke Vegetable Farm.
Credit Go! Ice Cream

We also discuss several of the other ice cream places in Washtenaw County, including Blank Slate Creamery in Ann Arbor, and Sweet Dirt ice cream made in Ann Arbor, and good 'ol Dairy Queen.

Go! Ice Cream's delivery bike.
Credit Go! Ice Cream

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu